Feeling overwhelmed from lupus or the daily grind? Art therapy may offer stress relief and a non-verbal outlet.
Stress is a well-known trigger when it comes to lupus and other autoimmune diseases. During periods of high stress, both emotional and physical, people with lupus report increases in symptoms. And, research suggests that it may lead to flares via an amplification of cytokine production.
The benefits of non-medication therapies are still being studied. However, preliminary research across many diseases has shown value of these treatment strategies, particularly as it relates to stress management and reduction. Many early studies explore the value for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common non-traditional therapies include:
- music therapy
- animal therapy
- expressive writing
- art therapy
2 thoughts on “Art Therapy, Stress Management, and Lupus”
Art therapy is something that helped me a lot more than any other form of therapy. Plus it gave me a set of tools or practices that, if I practiced them regularly, would continue to help me cope.
That is great to know. I was a drawer and pretty good sketcher all my life until at late 20’s abandoned it. I’m 62 with Lupus for 6 years and I’m going to make a point to start drawing again.